Local mom taking extra precautions to protect son with weak immune system

Local mom taking extra precautions to protect son with weak immune system

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A local mother is taking extra precautions in quarantining her son because he has a compromised immune system.

Dalton Brydges has Cerebral Palsy and some other health issues. When outbreaks of COVID-19 started across Florida, the family made the choice to keep Dalton and his brother at home.

Dalton’s mom, Robbin, also stays at home. However, Steven, her husband, has to work. So, when he comes home he is quarantined to one bedroom in the home. It’s all in an effort to keep Dalton safe.

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His immune system is so weak, he would not be able to fight off COVID-19 if he contracted it.

Dr. Jeffrey Goldhagen with UF Health said all parents should take precautions like this, regardless of your child’s health condition. He said many kids may contract the disease, but be asymptomatic. This is an even greater risk because they can pass the virus without even knowing it.

Dr. Goldhagen encourages parents to cancel playdates, but still interact with their children. He adds that they can still play in the yard and should limit screen time and stay away from larger crowds of kids.